Well, the time has come where I'm going to bite the bullet and attempt to setup my RG550. I've had it for a few months (can't remember how long, actually...) and there have been dead spots around the 15th fret since I got it (which I never noticed at the time, strangely).
G string 15th fret is the worst, it doesn't even sound a note in any recognisable way.
Anyway, I had a quick go the other day, seing where all the screws and stuff are. So far I've raised the action (practically tripled it tbh) with no results, changed the trem angle marginally, with no results. I'm terrified I'm going to break something while I'm doing this...how much does it take to break or damage a guitar?
I'll be having another crack at setting it up sometime this week when I'll have a lot of spare time (hopefully). I also want to try to clean it up generally. Basically, I feel the need to take it apart, clean it, and put it back together so that it looks great, plays great, sounds great etc...
I'm just looking for general tips and suggestions about doing this (especially cleaning the maple fretboard, any help would be great), because it's the only electric I've ever owned (jumped in the deep end, getting a floating trem equipped guitar) and I'm nervous about breaking it. I have been referring to both the Jemsite and Ibanez Rules tech sections as well. And I know this will sound pretty pathetic to most people out there who know how to do their setups etc, but I figure that it's better to ask now and look stupid than to snap my guitar in half because I was too proud to ask advice.
Thanks in advance for anything you can say